DB FIRE SAFETY LIMITED - The Fire Safety Order 2005

The Fire Safety Order 2005 requires, amongst other things, that all businesses (including Residential Care and Nursing Homes) ensure that there is always an up-to-date fire risk assessment. It also requires that staff receive training in fire safety.

Staff at DB Fire Safety have over 25 years’ experience in providing fire safety support to businesses and organisations throughout England & Wales. We specialise in carrying out fire risk assessments and also provide training courses in general fire safety awareness and for senior staff as fire marshals. Although we prefer to train staff in their work location, we also offer specialist E-Learning courses.

In addition to carrying out fire risk assessments, we also assist many owners/managers in developing appropriate fire & evacuation strategies.

As members of the UK Fire and Fire Protection Associations, clients of DB Fire Safety can be confident of the highest standard of practice at all times.

Residential Care Home Owners Fined £380k

Only recently, the owner of a residential care home in Washington, Tyne & Wear was sentenced following


five breaches of fire safety regulations. The fire destroyed a bedroom and also caused damage to a corridor and smoke damage to other bedrooms and the laundry room.

It was reported that the fire started in a bedoom, but because the fire door had been wedged open, this resulted in the smoke and heat spreading to the communal corridor.  Another bedroom door had also been wedged open and the smoke and heat travelled into this bedroom too.

Because fires can spread extremely quickly (within minutes), the staff had trouble in sourcing where the fire had started.  An elderly lady, where the fire started, became trapped in her room.  Firefighters were, however, able to enter the building wearing breathing apparatus to rescue her safely through a first floor window.

Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Service uncovered the following breaches of the Fire Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order, as follows:

  • Two fire doors had been wedged open, when they should always be kept closed.
  • Almost half of the fire extinguishers had been condemned by the company's appointed contractor.
  • The company failed to comply and carry out a number of requirements identifed in a fire risk assessment.  These requirements included installing electronic devices which would allow fire doors to be wedged open but, in the event of a fire, enabling them to close quickly in an emergency.

Fire can kill, and this particular residential care home owner was fortunate that no-one was seriously injured or killed. The £380k penalty is signficant but it sends out an important message in respect of the value of carrying out fire risk assessments and to comply with Fire Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.

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